U.S. Ice Dance 2018-19 season news & updates

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Greens probably would have made the JGPF if not for injury. This was going to be their breakout year but the battle with N/K for who will be the top US Junior ice dance team next season is going to be wild.
 

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Greens probably would have made the JGPF if not for injury. This was going to be their breakout year but the battle with N/K for who will be the top US Junior ice dance team next season is going to be wild.
If they'd been able to get those scores at a JGP - not a given that they would have gotten those calls. Several teams who did the JGP then did a Jr B event and scored way higher, so the scores are not necessarily comparable.
 

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If they'd been able to get those scores at a JGP - not a given that they would have gotten those calls. Several teams who did the JGP then did a Jr B event and scored way higher, so the scores are not necessarily comparable.
Agreed. Historically speaking, however, the Greens are very likely to get strong levels and especially the pattern. They had the highest combined levels of any dance team at Junior Worlds last season. (And the caller there was the same man who is calling the JGPF and GPF dance event this week).
 
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Agreed. Historically speaking, however, the Greens are very likely to get strong levels and especially the pattern. They had the highest combined levels of any dance team at Junior Worlds last season. (And the caller there was the same man who is calling the JGPF and GPF dance event this week).
That's true, they have very good tech. But I don't think we'll be able to see how they line up internationally until JW. Although US Nationals against Nguyen/Kolesnik and Gropman/Somerville should give us some idea.
 

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Chock/Bates and Green/Green are listed as going to the Mentor Torun Cup in January on USFS' international assignments page.
I looked up the dates - the Senior/Junior Dance events at 2019 Mentor Torun Cup in Poland take place on January 11-12.

Junior RD & FD at Nationals are scheduled for January 23 & 24 and the Senior Dance events are Jan. 24 & 26.
 

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I am glad the Greens are getting the opportunities for an international season. Missing out on the JGP was a blow, but it's wise to get them out there and in front of the international judges and different panels.

Is Torun Cup an official Challenger event?
No. But it's an opportunity to run the programs in competition before Nationals.
 

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But it's an opportunity to run the programs in competition before Nationals.
Yes. I'm glad C/B have a chance to put out their programs before Nats, just wish they could also gain rankings points. Oh well. I hope there's a live stream, or an attendee with a YouTube account. :)
 

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C/B will get ranking points for the Torun event----just not as many points as they would get for a Challenge event.
However, B competitions don't get skaters on the Seasons Best list.
 

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Yes. I'm glad C/B have a chance to put out their programs before Nats, just wish they could also gain rankings points. Oh well. I hope there's a live stream, or an attendee with a YouTube account. :)
I think there are 250 WS points for a gold at a Senior B international.
 

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Hubbell & Donohue won the gold in their 4th consecutive trip to Grand Prix Final with 3 ISU SB scores (205.35 total, 80.53 & 124.82) and blogged for USFS' Fan Zone ("As told to Nick McCarvel"):

#1: Changes Aplenty – and We Can’t Wait to Show You

#2: Tomorrow We’ll Be Fearless Again

#3: Creating Our Own Wins From the Inside Out

Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker set a new ISU SB in the Rhythm Dance (71.23) and placed 5th in the FD (6th overall) - here's an article on them that was published before the GP Final (Dec. 4): https://usfigureskatingfanzone.com/...uc-baker-to-their-first-grand-prix-final.aspx
 

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Yes. I'm glad C/B have a chance to put out their programs before Nats, just wish they could also gain rankings points. Oh well. I hope there's a live stream, or an attendee with a YouTube account. :)
I'm interested to see their new programs. I'm especially curious to see what their lifts are like since moving to Montreal, and whether their coaching team has simplified the lifts yet still maintaining their level 4 requirements.
 

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I'm interested to see their new programs. I'm especially curious to see what their lifts are like since moving to Montreal, and whether their coaching team has simplified the lifts yet still maintaining their level 4 requirements.
I hope they don't. Their lifts have always been one of their strongest points. I'm not a fan of the most of the lifts from Team Montreal.
 

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I don't know if this was posted before but it's a short (recent) interview featuring Hawayek and Baker:
https://youtu.be/PDdDhiUgd_w

Some (surprising) takeaways:
They teamed up in 2012. I always had the impression that they had teamed up much earlier. The connection between the two makes it seem like they have been skating together all their lives.

Anyway, they teamed in 2012 and won the Junior World Championships in 2014. That's quick progress.

Then, in 2018 (this year) they win their first Senior ISU Title, the 2018 Four Continents Championships and their first Senior Grand Prix, the 2018 NHK Trophy and qualify for the 2018 Grand Prix Final, their first Senior Grand Prix Final. Plus, they placed top ten at the 2018 World Championships, their first senior World Championships.

These two are having a lot of firsts! I am just now appreciating how ambitious and hard working they are. They set goals and achieve them, then set higher goals.... Plus they are such cool, humble, sweet people. I absolutely adore them!
 

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There is a link to an athlete list for U.S. Nationals on this page:
http://2019uschampionships.com/athletes/

It includes the new senior dance teams and also confirms the junior teams. Erdman & Vlasenko are listed to compete as a senior team as well as Binotto & Judd. The Purnells and Udells are on the list for junior dance. Congratulations to them for perseverance this season! (No Rose & Michel).
 

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